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Red Sand Beach

Matala, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Matala
Type: Beaches
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Cavallino-Treporti, Italy
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The walk was worth it... I thought it was a secluded beach... now I believe it's a turistic spot... mostly for nudist... probably the worst cretan beach of my journey... also the water wasn't crystal clear maybe because of the wind...

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Alexandroupoli, Greece
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Very nice beach next to the caves where hippies used to leave.It is a small one but you will love it!

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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Its not easy to reach so if you not healthy its maby not for you. Also feer of hights might be an issue. But for you who like to hike its a nice walk/climb. Ddt it in flipflops...big misstake but still fun. Its a naturist beach so dont get scared.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

This beach is a bit of hike, the way down is okay but remember you have to go the other way, so remember your water!!! My boyfriend insisted we go visit this beach and I must say I was a little underwhelmed! I think maybe I had set my expectations a little too high. That being said, the views of... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

up and over the hill (mountain?) not for the faint-hearted or well-dressed! popular nudist beach but not obligatory to shed everything (might be better if some people covered up to be perfectly honest ;). Small cafe/bar on the beach and loos; only accessible on foot so very peaceful. Red sand? not so sure it was actually red ... but it... More

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Bury St Edmunds, England, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Well worth the short but steep walk this beach is stunning and quieter than Matala beach. There is a small cafe and umbrellas on the beach but if you walk further along the cove you come across the nudist beach. Make sure you take time to buy some clay from the cafe for 1.50 euro and cover yourself before diving... More

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Tring, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

a hidden gem of a beach with a shabby beach bar serving the best Mojitos i have ever had! Nudists welcome, crystal clear water. Take food.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

My days in Matala were fantastic. The town is small but very lovely, with all shops/cafe/tavernas/restaurants/pubs/clubs around the plaza or along the coast. You will need to do a little hiking to reach the red sand beach. Just follow the signs and you could have a nice view over matala beach on one side and red sand beach on the... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Red beach was the best of the beaches we visited in our 2 week stay on Crete. After being disappointed by Agia Galini beach, and spending lunch time on Matala beach we decided to hike across the rock to Kokkino beach. We were wearing just flip flops, but with a bit of care we managed to pass that hill in... More

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

You have to go a bit off-road to reach the place - no a good idea in the afternoon when is really hot. You will find a really fantastic beach there - the best around, in my opinion.

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